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Literary structure (chiasm, chiasmus) of Book of Sirach


Correspondence table of Pericopes and Literary Structure


Pericope12347
1 Praise of wisdom (1:1-30) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
2 Person who fear the LORD (2:1-18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
3 Commandments to the child (3:1-4:10) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
4 Trust in wisdom (4:11-5:15) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
5 Friendship (6:1-17) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
6 Blessings of wisdom (6:18-37) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
7 Avoid evils (7:1-8:7) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-1
8 Wise man (8:8-9:18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
9 Rulers (10:1-27) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
10 Wealth and poverty (10:28-11:28) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
11 True friend (11:29-12:18) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
12 Rich man and rulers (13:1-26) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 7-2
13 Person who is happy (14:1-27) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-1 4-2 7-2
14 Seeking wisdom (15:1-20) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-2
15 Punishment of sinners (16:1-25) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
16 The creation (16:26-17:24) 1-1 2-1 3-1 4-2 7-3
17 Judgement of the LORD (17:25-18:14) 1-1 2-1 3-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
18 Cautiously (18:15-19:3) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
19 Against loose talk (19:4-30) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
20 Gifts (20:1-32) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
21 Wisdom and foolishness (21:1-22:26) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-3
22 Prayer for help against sin (22:27-23:6) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
23 Foul language (23:7-15) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
24 Concerning sexual sins (23:16-28) 1-1 2-1 3-2 4-2 7-4
25 Praise of wisdom (24:1-34) 1-1 2-1 2-2 3-2 4-2 4-3 7-4
26 Good wife and evil wife (25:1-27:3) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
27 Revelation of a secret (27:4-21) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
28 Hypocrisy (27:22-28:7) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-4
29 Backbiting (28:8-26) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
30 Aid of neighbors (29:1-28) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
31 Upbringing of a child (30:1-13) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
32 Health and wealth (30:14-31:11) 1-1 2-2 3-2 4-3 7-5
33 Table etiquette (31:12-32:13) 1-1 2-2 3-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
34 Torah (32:14-33:6) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
35 Believer and sinner (33:7-33) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-5
36 Dreams and experiences (34:1-12) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 7-6
37 Offerings (34:13-35:26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-3 4-4 7-6
38 A Prayer for God's people (36:1-17) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
39 Concerning Advice (36:18-37:12) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
40 Investigation of oneself (37:13-31) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
41 Doctor (38:1-23) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
42 Scholar (38:24-39:11) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-6
43 The works of the LORD (39:12-35) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
44 Hardships of life (40:1-17) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
45 Concerning death (40:18-41:13) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
46 Concerning Shame (41:14-42:14) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
47 Creation of all things (42:15-43:33) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
48 Ancestors (44:1-50:26) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7
49 Conclusion (50:27-29) 1-1 2-2 3-3 4-4 7-7

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